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Our specialists have extensive expertise in treating glioblastomas (glioblastoma multiforme or GBM) and use the latest therapies and surgical techniques. We personalize your treatment plan using advanced diagnostic tools and offer a range of services to ensure that we support all your health needs.
What We Offer For Glioblastoma
Globally recognized expertise in identifying and promptly treating glioblastoma for a greater quality of life.
Advanced treatment options, including leading-edge radiation therapy, surgical innovations, and the latest drug therapies available through clinical trials.
Team-based care that brings together a range of specialists, including neurosurgeons, neuro-oncologists, and radiation oncologists.
Comprehensive support services to support your physical, emotional, social, and spiritual needs, helping you maintain your quality of life.
An active clinical research program that focuses on expanding options for accurately diagnosing and treating glioblastoma.
Ease of access with dedicated nurse coordinators and an International Medical Services team to help you plan travel and accommodations, and assist in every step of your care.
Connect to Care
Let us help find personalized care options for you and your family.
The Stanford Medicine Online Second Opinion program offers you easy access to our world-class doctors. It’s all done remotely, and you don’t have to visit our hospital or one of our clinics for this service. You don’t even need to leave home!
Glioblastoma treatment requires a high level of training and expertise. Our neurosurgeons and cancer doctors specialize in treating glioblastomas. Doctors are also actively involved in researching the latest treatments for these tumors. People from all over the country and world come to us for specialized, expert care. At Stanford Health Care, you receive a combination of therapies tailored to your specific symptoms and the tumor’s location and size. Your personalized treatment plan may include:
Treatment for GBM may begin with surgically removing as much of the tumor as possible, while protecting surrounding healthy cells. Our specialists use sophisticated imaging techniques to map the brain to improve the safety and success of surgery.
Stanford neurosurgeons use various surgical approaches for safe and effective operations. The two most common approaches are:
Computer-assisted brain surgery: Using CT and MRI scans, we create a 3D model of the brain. During surgery, these images provide the tumor’s precise location, aiding surgeons in removing cancerous cells while preserving brain function.
Awake brain surgery: Your surgical team starts the operation while you are sedated, with a local anesthetic for your scalp. The team then allows you to wake up so we can test various functions by asking you to perform tasks such as speaking and moving. Your responses help the surgeon remove as much of the tumor as possible, while protecting functions such as vision, speech, movement, and coordination.
You may receive radiation therapy after surgery to destroy remaining cancer cells. If you’re not a candidate for surgery, radiation therapy may be your primary treatment. Our advanced radiation therapies include:
3D conformal radiation therapy: With this treatment, doctors precisely shape and deliver high-energy X-ray beams to the glioblastoma. The technology allows us to target the tumor while minimizing radiation to surrounding healthy tissue.
Intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT): This type of 3D radiation therapy targets the tumor from multiple angles and adjusts the strength of radiation to the tumor’s size and density.
Stereotactic radiosurgery: We use leading-edge robotic systems, including the LINAC and CyberKnife, to precisely deliver high doses of radiation to cancer cells, while protecting healthy tissues.
Drug Therapy (Medical Oncology)
Your doctor may prescribe drug therapy to treat glioblastoma. You can receive drug therapy by mouth as a pill or through a blood vessel as an injection or infusion. We use powerful, leading-edge drug therapies including:
Chemotherapy: These medications destroy cancer cells or slow or stop their growth. You may receive chemotherapy alone or in combination with surgery to treat glioblastoma.
Targeted therapy: These medications are designed to target certain features, such as proteins, on cancer cells to block their growth. Some tumor cells have proteins that cause cancer to grow quickly and spread. Our pathologists look for the presence of these proteins by examining samples of tissue taken during a biopsy.
Your doctor may recommend medications to manage your glioblastoma symptoms, increase your comfort, and enhance your quality of life. For example, you may take:
Anticonvulsants to reduce pain and seizures
Steroid medications to minimize brain swelling
Tumor Genomic Profiling
Some types of cancer have specific genetic markers that might respond to certain anticancer medications. We work to decode the genetic blueprint of the cancer to determine which medications may be right for you.
Depending on your specific case, you may be eligible for a clinical trial evaluating these new medications. Our extensive range of clinical trials offers the opportunity to receive promising new treatment options before they become widely available.
Clinical trials are research studies that evaluate a new medical approach, device, drug, or other treatment. As a Stanford Health Care patient, you may have access to the latest, advanced clinical trials.
Open trials refer to studies that are currently recruiting participants or that may recruit participants in the near future. Closed trials are not currently enrolling, but similar studies may open in the future.
Make An Appointment
To request an appointment with a neurosurgeon, call 650-497-7777.
To request an appointment with a neurologic oncologist or radiation oncologist, call 650-498-6000.